November 17, 2011

Ashley's Helps SRQ Stay Home for the Holidays

For many families, busy holiday schedules are often followed by January regrets: “we just didn’t spend enough time at home.” Ashley’s Food Delivery, the area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, is a family-owned business that understands the value of time spent with those we love during the holiday season. This year, Ashley’s is offering more options than ever to help the Sarasota community stay Home for the Holidays.

Ashley’s Food Delivery’s “Home for the Holidays” campaign includes home delivery of locally-made holiday pies, family-style meals, popular catering options, gift baskets and gift certificates. This is in addition to the everyday convenience of ordering your favorite meals from over 25 local restaurants, delivered hot and fast.

“Delivery offers a time-saving, stress-free alternative to cooking at home,” says Jeff Sniegocki, owner of Ashley’s Food Delivery. “Holiday meals require a huge amount of planning, shopping and preparing, stealing time away that could be spent with family and friends. We’ll deliver a freshly-prepared, homestyle meal right to your table, giving you extra time to relax and enjoy your holiday.”

Troyer’s Dutch Heritage offers a complete Thanksgiving Dinner for Two for $29.99 delivered (includes tax & tip for the driver). The meal includes 1 pound of mixed white & dark meat turkey, gravy, a side of cranberry sauce, a pint of stuffing, a pint of green beans, dinner rolls and a 4-inch pumpkin pie. Have a bigger table to feed? A Thanksgiving Feast for 6-8 people is also available for $79.99 delivered (includes tax & tip). The feast includes 3 pounds of mixed white & dark meat turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, a quart each of stuffing, green beans and sweet potato soufflĂ©, as well as dinner rolls and choice of whole pie. Delivery orders can be placed online, or with a customer service representative at 953-FOOD (953-3663). Delivery is not available on Thanksgiving Day.

Delicious, homemade pies from the bakery at Troyer’s Dutch Heritage make a sweet ending to any holiday feast. Traditional favorites like Pumpkin, Pecan and Dutch Apple are available, as well as decadent flavors like Chocolate Cream, Cranberry Pecan and Strawberry Rhubarb.

Whole pies are available for pre-order now and range from $11.49 to $12.99, plus tax and delivery. To view a full selection of available pies, as well as other bakery items such as dinner rolls, sweet breads and cookies, visit Order online, or call 953-3663 to reserve your pies today. 48 hours advance notice requested for pie deliveries. Thanksgiving deliveries will be made Wednesday, November 23.

Ashley’s Food Delivery can deck the halls with all of the food you need for your personal or corporate holiday gathering. With affordable trays, platters, and treats available from a variety of local restaurants, we can help you simplify your meeting or party with our drop-off catering services. View full catering menus online at , or call 953-3663 to request a catering menu.

Ashley’s Food Delivery makes seasonal gift giving easy and convenient with Gift Basket Delivery of your favorite locally made Amish treats from Troyer’s Dutch Heritage. The Troyer’s Heritage Basket features the Heritage Favorites cookbook, a small homemade pie, home-style fudge, fresh granola, apple butter, jam, old-fashioned candies and more. A complete Gift Basket Delivery Menu available at Order online, or call 953-3663 and let a customer service representative help you select the perfect gifts for friends and family, colleagues and clients. Delivery is available everyday (closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Days); 72 hour notice is requested. Featured holiday gift baskets are $55.00 including delivery. Complimentary gift cards can be included with all gifts, upon request.

Ashley’s Food Delivery Gift Certificates are also available for delivery from any partner restaurants, in any amount. Spread the Home for the Holidays cheer to friends and loved ones with the gift of a delicious meal delivered to the comfort of their home.

Full delivery menus for all of Ashley’s restaurant partners are available on the Ashley’s Food Delivery website, Delivery orders can be placed online, or with a customer service representative at 953-FOOD (953-3663).

About Ashley’s Food Delivery: The area’s only multi-restaurant delivery service, Ashley’s Food Delivery partners with over 25 restaurants in Sarasota to deliver everything from home-cooked, comfort food to elegant, gourmet dining. Ashley’s Food offers residential & corporate meal delivery, drop-off catering services and gift basket delivery. The service is open for lunch delivery Monday through Friday (Sarasota only) and dinner delivery every day. For more information, call 953-FOOD or visit

November 16, 2011

Sarasota Leads Statewide Prematurity Awareness Month Campaign

Would you please pass the cranberry sauce and the facts?

Just as families are preparing to gather together in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions (FAHSC) and March of Dimes Florida Chapter are launching a campaign as part of Prematurity Awareness Month (November). “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” is designed to raise awareness about the myths and risks of premature births, as well as educate the public about the importance of staying pregnant at least 39 weeks if a pregnancy is healthy.

According to studies, a growing number of babies are delivered between 37 and 39 weeks. Many of these births occur as a result of planned or scheduled deliveries that are not medically necessary. Nationally, labor induction rates during these weeks have more than doubled from 9.5 percent in 1990 to nearly 23 percent in 2006. In Florida, preterm birth rates increased from 12.8 percent in 2000 to 13.5 percent in 2009. Sarasota is one of seven priority communities leading the statewide community education campaign being launched by FAHSC and Florida March of Dimes in observance of Prematurity Awareness Month. Hospitals in these communities are participating in a statewide quality initiative to reduce elective deliveries.

Non-medically required preterm deliveries pose increased risks to an infant’s life including neonatal hospitalizations, death, respiratory stresses, developmental delays and learning disabilities.

“We are pleased that our coalition and community have been selected to lead statewide education efforts to reduce the risk of babies who are affected by late preterm deliveries and non-medically necessary inductions and c-sections,” said Jennifer Highland, Executive Director, Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County, Inc. “There is an alarming misconception among many that a baby is full term and ready for delivery at 36 weeks…so, unfortunately, we see a lot of mothers seeking to schedule C-sections or induced deliveries when there is no medical reason to do so. This campaign will help Sarasota citizens understand that the last weeks of pregnancy actually do count.”

Sarasota is joined by Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Tampa and Santa Rosa County as lead participants in the “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” statewide campaign, being implemented by the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions with funding from the March of Dimes.

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education and advocacy. For more information, visit

Founded in 1991, the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions is a statewide network of 32 Healthy Start Coalitions that exchange and disseminate resources and information designed to improve maternal and child health. FAHSC was awarded a March of Dimes Florida Chapter Community grant in March to educate Florida women, families, medical professionals and providers about preterm risks.

November 04, 2011

Kinetic Showroom Exposes Evolutionary HVAC

Kinetic Air Services opened its doors this summer to offer Sarasota and Manatee Counties a new approach to indoor air service, focused on client education and the value of clean air to our health, our homes, and our families. Now, Kinetic has renovated their Matoaka Road showroom with an exposed, fully-efficient HVAC system designed to educate their clientele and the community.

Kinetic is constantly pushing the envelope of evolution in HVAC, and their showroom renovation is no exception. The HVAC system exposes all components, allowing clients to see and touch the system that cleans and cools their homes, as well as learn about the new ultra-efficient technologies available in the marketplace today.

"The pre-finished birch walls and frosted glass compliment the exposed equipment and give the office a contemporary loft feel," says Lee Senseman, founder and managing partner of Kinetic Air Services. “The clean lines and modern style give off a great vibe that our team members and clients love."

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental dangers to the public. Kinetic Air Services focuses on proper air exchange, filtration, and purification, their three tenets of healthy indoor air quality. Kinetic’s technicians are NATE (North American Technician Excellence) and EPA certified, have extensive experience in the HVAC industry, and back their work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee for service, repair and comfort.

Experience firsthand the evolution of HVAC design at the Kinetic Air Services showroom, located at 7685 Matoaka Road in Sarasota, Florida. For more information about heating and cooling, speak to an expert at Kinetic Air Services at (941)748-8848,, or

About Kinetic Air Services: An evolution in HVAC business philosophy, Kinetic Air Services is dedicated to providing whole home care solutions. With concierge-level service and professionalism, our master technicians will provide affordable and timely guaranteed comfort. For more information or to contact Kinetic Air Services, please visit or call (941) 748-8848.

November 02, 2011

Pure Barre Celebrates with Grand Opening Party

Pure Barre, the workout that is sweeping the nation with its ballet barre centered technique, is hosting a grand opening celebration on November 11th in their new Sarasota studio. The party will feature raffles, special offers, cocktails, and an introduction of Pure Barre’s winter line, featuring styles from their newest sales partner, Lululemon Athletica.

Founded ten years ago by dancer and fitness guru Carrie Rezabek, Pure Barre is a total body workout that lifts the seat, tones the thighs and burns fat in record-breaking time. The techinque does not involve high impact movements such as bouncing or jumping, keeping the joints protected. Utilizing the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements set to fantastic music, Pure Barre is reputed to be the fastest, most effective, yet safest way to change your body. Students see results in an average of just 7 to 10 classes.

"Since opening the doors to Pure Barre Sarasota on June 20th, we have been excited and overwhelmed by the positive response from the Sarasota community!” says Melissa DeMore, who owns the franchise with Sara Ferguson. “It brings a renewed sense of encouragement to watch each of our clients respond so quickly to this unique and challenging workout. I love to see the energy and sense of empowerment on each of their faces after completing a class. The workout and results speak for themselves!"

Now, Pure Barre offers clients and the community a fitness boutique as well. In addition to the popular styles of Lululemon Athletica, Pure Barre also carries activewear from Splits 59, Beyond Yoga, NaLa Seattle, Bella Luxx, and more. These lines were selected not only for their top-of-the-line quality and supportive fabrics, but for their attention to style, which can take the Pure Barre athlete from working out to lunching with friends.

Pure Barre Sarasota is located in the Paradise Plaza shopping center. The grand opening event is November 11th from 6 to 9 and is open to the public. For more information, current scheduling and pricing options, please visit, or email